Inspector General of the Police, Solomon Arase, has approved the appointment of about 58 senior police officers, according to a press statement released from the Nigerian Police Force today.
This news comes at the same time Nigeria has a woman as the Force Public Relations Officer, the top most spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force. Mrs. Olabisi Kolawole is the first woman to hold this position.
The press statement noted that these new appointees filled vacancies due to retirements or promotions within the Police Force.
The statement further added that the appointment of Kolawole as the first female PRO is geared towards harnessing the enormous potentials among Nigerian female Police officers.
Ag. ACP Kolawole who holds a first degree in law, from Ogun State University and a Masters degree in Police Leadership and management from University of Leicester, United Kingdom replaces CP Emmanuel Ojukwu who is now the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command. The new FPRO has served in various capacities both at national and international level. She was the Force Gender Adviser before her recent posting.
Similarly, the IGP appointed Ag. ACP Idowu Owohunwa as Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to Inspector General of Police. The new PSO who holds a Bachelors degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as well as Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Policing from University of Leeds United Kingdom has served the Nigeria Police in diverse capacities, such as Staff Officer to the 2006 Alh Dan Madami-Chaired Presidential Committee on Nigeria Police Reforms, Divisional Crime officer National Assembly Complex Police Division Abuja. He was pioneer head of the Intelligence Analysis Unit of the Force Intelligence Bureau. Ag. ACP Owohunwa takes over from CP Austin Iwar who is now the Commissioner of Police, Gombe State Command. Before his appointment as PSO Ag. ACP Owohunwa was the Personal Assistant (PA) to the current IGP.